17 episodes

Each week, Gabe Hudson talks to a writer about their Tweets as way of getting them to tell their most powerful personal stories. Gabe’s groundbreaking interview style prompts authors and journalists to deliver profound storytelling about the human experience. The Twitterverse podcast is for people who cherish the art of conversation, being moved to laughter and tears, and full hearts.

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    • 5.0 • 297 Ratings

Each week, Gabe Hudson talks to a writer about their Tweets as way of getting them to tell their most powerful personal stories. Gabe’s groundbreaking interview style prompts authors and journalists to deliver profound storytelling about the human experience. The Twitterverse podcast is for people who cherish the art of conversation, being moved to laughter and tears, and full hearts.

    Rebecca Makkai on ADHD as creative superpower, independent bookstores, & her grandmother the Hungarian novelist

    Rebecca Makkai on ADHD as creative superpower, independent bookstores, & her grandmother the Hungarian novelist

    Rebecca Makkai is the author of 3 novels and her newest novel, I Have Some Questions for You, will be published in February. Rebecca's last novel The Great Believers, a novel set in Chicago at the height of the American AIDS epidemic, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. It was one of the New York Times‘ Top Ten Books of the Year, it won the ALA Carnegie Medal, and the LA Times Book Prize. Rebecca and Gabe talk about having ADHD, and the challenges of having a brain that's like Times Square. But also the ways in which ADHD can be a creative superpower. Rebecca talks about her impossibly glamorous grandmother who wrote 30 novels in Hungarian in her life. And she tells the story of how she coerced 27 acclaimed writers (including Lauren Groff, Alexander Chee, Garth Greenwell, Lisa Lucas, and Andrew Sean Greer) to recreate The Breakfast Club dance once the fundraiser to save Chicago-based independent bookstore Volumes Books reached their goal. Rebecca also talks about why, as a literary citizen, it's important to not just make more room at the table, but rather to make the table itself bigger.
    Find Rebecca on Twitter: @rebeccamakkai
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    • 28 min
    Rafia Zakaria on Angelina Jolie's Instagram post about Afghan women, & New York Time's controversial podcast Caliphate

    Rafia Zakaria on Angelina Jolie's Instagram post about Afghan women, & New York Time's controversial podcast Caliphate

    Rafia Zakaria is a Pakistani-American journalist, a columnist for The Baffler, a human rights lawyer, and the author of 3 books, including, Against White Feminism. She's also a former Director of Amnesty International, where she sat on the board from 2009 - 2015. Rafia Zakaria has dedicated her life to causing good trouble. She is the epitome of the saying "writing is fighting." Rafia and Gabe have a blast chatting it up about the problem with trans exclusionist feminist columnists in England. Rafia explains what happened when she wrote a column in The Baffler about how The New York Time's podcast Caliphate was filled with farcical journalistic claims. Rafia and Gabe also talk about Angelina Jolie and celebrities in activist roles on Instagram.

    Find Rafia on Twitter: @rafiazakaria
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    Host Gabe Hudson is the award-winning author of 2 books published from Knopf. His honors include being named one of Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists,” PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction from Brown University, a fellowship from Columbia University's War & Peace Initiative, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His writing has appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, The Believer, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times Magazine. He was Editor-at-Large for McSweeney’s for 10+ years. He served in the Marine Corps. He taught at Princeton University, and currently teaches at Columbia University.  

    Find Gabe on Twitter: @gabehudson
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    • 31 min
    Elizabeth McCracken on what swimming in Barton Springs has in common with novel writing, & why she loves Twitter

    Elizabeth McCracken on what swimming in Barton Springs has in common with novel writing, & why she loves Twitter

    Elizabeth McCracken is the James A. Michener chaired professor in creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin and the award-winning author of 8 books. Her most recent novel, The Hero of This Book, was just named one of the 10 Best Books of 2022 by Time Magazine and People Magazine. Elizabeth and Gabe compare notes about life in Austin (Gabe grew up in Austin and attended the UT-Austin). Elizabeth tells the story of how the dedication page for her most recent novel just showed up in the mail one day. Elizabeth explains how Greek history suggests that if a man makes a stink about tampons then he will eventually meet his end by a tampon. She talks about the time she flew from Provincetown to Austin with a salami in her pocket and the role that Twitter plays in her life. Elizabeth talks about how swimming in Barton Springs every morning enhances her writing and her life in mysterious ways.

    Find Elizabeth on Twitter: @elizmccracken 
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    Find Gabe on Twitter: @gabehudson

    Host Gabe Hudson is the award-winning author of 2 books published from Knopf. His honors include being named one of Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists,” PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction from Brown University, a fellowship from Columbia University's War & Peace Initiative, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His writing has appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, The Believer, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times Magazine. He was Editor-at-Large for McSweeney’s for 10+ years. He served in the Marine Corps. He taught at Princeton University, and currently teaches at Columbia University.  
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    • 33 min
    Keri Blakinger on being arrested for possession of heroin at Cornell, to becoming a journalist for The Marshall Project

    Keri Blakinger on being arrested for possession of heroin at Cornell, to becoming a journalist for The Marshall Project

    Keri Blakinger is the author of Corrections in Ink and an award-winning journalist at The Marshall Project. As a student at Cornell University in 2010, Keri was arrested in Ithaca for possession of heroin. She was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, after which she became an award-winning journalist who covers death row in the Texas prison system. Keri describes what it felt like to see her book on the shelf at The Harvard Coop Bookstore, where as an unhoused person she used to steal books in order to fund her heroin addiction. Keri tells Gabe why she didn't make more TikToks on book tour, why she's happy for Hunter Biden, and the uplifting story of her dog, Charlotte, who now lives on in the pages of Wikipedia.

    Find Keri on Twitter: @keribla
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    Find Gabe on Twitter: @gabehudson

    Host Gabe Hudson is the award-winning author of 2 books published from Knopf. His honors include being named one of Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists,” PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction from Brown University, a fellowship from Columbia University's War & Peace Initiative, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His writing has appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, The Believer, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times Magazine. He was Editor-at-Large for McSweeney’s for 10+ years. He served in the Marine Corps. He taught at Princeton University, and currently teaches at Columbia University.  
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    • 30 min
    Melissa Lozada-Oliva on why West Side Story is relatable for Latinas, & why every single writer woman needs a big yellow couch

    Melissa Lozada-Oliva on why West Side Story is relatable for Latinas, & why every single writer woman needs a big yellow couch

    Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a young Latina superstar novelist and poet whose debut novel recently appeared on a billboard in Times Square. In this episode, Melissa reads some of her most fascinating Tweets out loud to Gabe, which propels them into a hilarious and heartfelt conversation about Melissa’s lived experience as a Guatemalan Columbian American who grew up in Newton, MA.

    Find Melissa on Twitter: @ellomelissa
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    Host Gabe Hudson is the award-winning author of 2 books published from Knopf. His honors include being named one of Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists,” PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction from Brown University, a fellowship from Columbia University's War & Peace Initiative, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His writing has appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, The Believer, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times Magazine. He was Editor-at-Large for McSweeney’s for 10+ years. He served in the Marine Corps. He taught at Princeton University, and currently teaches at Columbia University.  

    Find Gabe on Twitter: @gabehudson
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    • 37 min
    Tressie McMillan Cottom (Rerun) on why Black people are the most future people, her 18 stages of essay writing, and how Simone Biles embodies the freedom she wants for all women

    Tressie McMillan Cottom (Rerun) on why Black people are the most future people, her 18 stages of essay writing, and how Simone Biles embodies the freedom she wants for all women

    Hi Friends, we're off this week, so we're reposting our 2nd episode with Gen X icon Tressie McMillan Cottom. Tressie is a New York Times columnist, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and 2020 McArthur Fellow. Tressie and I are from North Carolina and you can hear us having a blast together and our convo goes deep on the subject of race: and Black women in particular. I recently Tweeted about how I always think of the conversations on this show as duets, where the guest is center stage and singing their heart out and I'm singing back up. (That's one reason I made music so central to the listening experience of this podcast) And as you're about to hear: Tressie's voice is a marvel, it contains multitudes, this woman can really light up a mic, her storytelling verve and ear for improvised melody and cool rhetorical swerve are out of this world. Anyway I hope you enjoy this song. It doesn't have a name. But me and my friend Tressie, two Gen Xers from North Carolina, got together one afternoon and sang it for you.
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
297 Ratings

297 Ratings

H1n1a ,

Great way to get to know your favorite authors

Great host. Diverse group of guest. Funny, informative, and nuanced interviews. I always walk away feeling like the author is someone I now know.

MeganKKakimoto ,

Phenomenal!

I adore this podcast so much. Gabe is incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful, and large-hearted, and his guests are always so generous and provoking with their insights. Definitely a favorite of mine!

EFAmericana ,

Love his Twitter feed and this podcast

Great job!

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